“We the North” might usually just refer to fans of Canada’s sole basketball team, the Toronto Raptors.
But today, fans are likely offering one of the game’s greats honourary membership.
Former Orlando Magic, LA Lakers, and Miami Heat (among others) superstar Shaquille O’ Neal has recorded a heartfelt video praising the work of Fort McMurray firefighters.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you guys are the real heroes, saved over 90,000 people. That’s brave. Hopefully you guys can get more people out,” says Shaq, before launching into the first few bars of “O Canada.”
The post went instantly viral, being shared more than 20,000 times on Facebook and racking up more than 500,000 views.
More than 90,000 people are currently out of their homes from the wildfire that devastate the town, and officials say it could be two weeks before anyone can return.
1,500 firefighters are still battling the blaze, which has destroyed 2,400 buildings and is still considered out of control, burning over 229,000 hectares after merging with another wildfire.